Do you need a PC or Mac to use an iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Shivetya, May 5, 2011.

  1. Shivetya macrumors 68000

    Jan 16, 2008
    Got someone at work who only has Linux machines at home. He wants to know if he needs Windows or OS X to use an iPad at home (for his daughter actually).

    I never really thought about it when I bought mine and immediately connected to my Mac. So would they have a over priced paper weight if they don't have access to iTunes through a PC/Mac?
  2. Maccleduff macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2007
    Yes, you need access to iTunes, to activate it when you first plug it in.
    A new ipad just shows a picture of the itunes logo with the usb cable.

    Plus you'd need itunes to sync/backup and add music/videos.
  3. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Maybe iTunes under WINE on Linux; never tried; but maybe works ... or a quick VMWare (or similar) setup to get temporary a Windows running ...
  4. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    There is a Linux tool to active iOS devices (don't know if it works on an iPad though) available here

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